A NEW interim chief executive has been appointed to help run North Tyneside Council over the next few months.
Graham Haywood will join the council on Monday following the retirement of current chief executive John Marsden.
He will be employed on a six-month part-time contract initially.
Mr Haywood’s role will be to support the council in taking forward planned improvements to services and making efficiency savings.
Borough mayor Linda Arkley said: “In Graham Haywood, I am confident we have an excellent interim chief executive who can work with officers and politicians of all parties to take North Tyneside forward.
“He has an excellent track record in his previous chief executive role for providing leadership that delivers success and has extensive experience of working with public and private-sector partnerships.”
Mr Haywood, pictured, joins the council following the completion of a £200m joint venture project at the National Science and Innovation Campus at Daresbury in Cheshire.
A qualified barrister, he is also a former chief executive of Merseyside’s Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council.
Mr Haywood said: “I am delighted to have the chance to work with all of the members of the council, the mayor and staff at North Tyneside Council.
“I know that there are some major challenges to face, but I believe that there will also be opportunities to attract new investment and jobs.
“I have been impressed with the commitment to doing the very best for the people of North Tyneside that I have already observed and look forward to working with all parties to build a strong and vibrant future.”
Mr Haywood replaces John Marsden, now retiring from public service after a 42-year career.
Mrs Arkley said: “I would like to pay tribute to the hard work by John Marsden and wish him well in his retirement.
“The work he has done at North Tyneside Council in the last 12 months has provided a solid foundation on which we can move forward.”